December 29, 2016

Best of 2016!

My goal for this year was to read 200 books. It is December 29, 2016 and I'm halfway through my 197th and with as fast as I read I'll have no problem getting to 200. Turns out the harder part is picking a "best of" list! I decided to keep the list to the 20 best this year. If your book didn't make the list I'm sorry. I may not have gotten to read it yet or it may have been number 21 or 22...

With the exception of the first book which was my absolute favorite of the year the rest are in NO certain order. Each title links to my original review.
1. Trace of Guilt by Dee Henderson



I love Dee Henderson's writing more than any other author. I love her attention to detail. I love her characters. I love the romance in her stories. But most of all I love the spirituality of the characters and relationships in her books. She writes books that truly draw you closer to God even through fiction!

2. A Season to Love by Nicole Deese





I fell in love with Nicole Deese's books this year! She was a new to me author and now one of my favorites! I loved the romance in this one!

3 & 4. Lethal Action & Devoted Defender by Rachel Dylan

 




Rachel Dylan was another new author for me this year! I fell in love with the cover of Lethal Action and after reading it fell in love with her books. I've now read them all! And my blog is featured on the back of Devoted Defender!

5. The Cautious Maiden by Dawn Crandall



This was the fourth book by Dawn Crandall and quite possibly my favorite. I was able to read it well in advance and do an endorsement in the front which was quite an honor. Then I got to meet Dawn Crandall AND Denise Hunter at a book signing. That was truly an honor. They are both awesome!

Dawn Crandall, me, and Denise Hunter!!!

6 & 7. The Goodbye Bride & Just a Kiss by Denise Hunter



I haven't managed to read ALL of Denise Hunter's books yet but every one I have read has been a favorite. I loved both of these books so much. Her characters are amazing and the romance is always sizzling! And getting to meet her in person was such a treat. She was so fun to talk to!

8. Her One and Only by Becky Wade



I really loved this entire series! It was wonderful to watch God work in the character's lives. I'm truly sad the series is over!

9. No Other Will Do by Karen Witemeyer




I don't think I've ever read a Witemeyer I didn't love! But the hero in this book was wonderful. I loved Mal. Plus this story was just unique!

10. The End of the World by Amy Matayo



This book was pretty different than what I normally read but easily made this list. My heartstrings are tugged on my kids in the foster care system. This was a hard read because it didn't sugar coat the hard times these kids faced but it was well worth the tears. I personally would NOT classify this book as Christian though. So if you do pick this one up be forewarned.

11. Without Warning by Lynette Eason



This was book two in a series and it was simply amazing. I love strong female leads and I love figuring out who the bad guy is! Plus the relationship in this book was great too!

12. A Tapestry of Secrets by Susan Loudin Thomas



I've loved her books since I discovered her first novella. There is something about the characters that just draws you in. And the scenery and dialogue is amazing. And best of all is the profound spirituality.

13. Yuletide Redemption by Jill Kemerer
 

I have been reading a lot of Love Inspired books this year but this one honestly took me completely by surprise how amazing it was for such a short book. The characterization and development was superb. This book just had so much depth to it. 

14. The Promise of Rayne by Nicole Deese

This was such a great read. I really loved the premise of feuding families. I also found the setting of the story fascinating with recent stories of fires. And as usual Deese provided an excellent love story.

15. Wild Montana Skies by Susan May Warren



I really love this book because of the amazing setting and the daring search and rescue aspects. It had the perfect amount of suspense and of course a love story too! And you cannot go wrong with a country music singer for a hero!

16. Tangled Webs by Irene Hannon
 

 I've loved this Men of Valor series! Finn and Dana quickly became my favorite couple though. This book is full of beautiful romantic moments and some passion and heat!! 

17 & 18. Like Never Before & Keep Holding On by Melissa Tagg



I've read all of Tagg's novels and loved every one of them. Her characters are so fun! And I love Maple Valley for a series setting. I especially loved some of the witty lines, banter and awkward moments in Keep Holding On!


19. One Enchanted Eve by Melissa Tagg



Once again Tagg is the ONLY novella that made the cut. I have no idea how she writes such wonderful little stories. But this was was just as good as the one last year!

I read mostly fiction but occasionally do read non-fiction. So I'm going to leave you with number 20 on my list which was the BEST non-fiction book I read all year:


My (Underground) American Dream by Julissa Arce



This book was life-changing amazing. I loved reading her story and I hope that this book changes the world view for a lot of people. Read my review  here and find my two favorite quotes!

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Thank you so much to all of these wonderful authors and publishers for these amazing books! If you want to see ALL the books I read in 2016 you can go HERE.

Some of the titles I'm most looking forward to in 2017:

Threads of Suspicion by Dee Henderson
Life After by Katie Ganshert
Heart on the Line by Karen Witemeyer
True to You by Becky Wade
To the Farthest Shores by Elizabeth Camden

Moving Target by Lynette Eason
Chasing Secrets by Lynette Eason
Still Life by Dani Pettrey.

When Tides Turn by Sarah Sundin
Rescue Me by Susan May Warren
Maybe It's You by Candace Calvert
 
 

Long Time Gone by Mary Connealy  
Never Forget by Jody Hedlund
Pursued by Lisa Harris 

and no titles yet but a new Bethany House series by Rachel Dylan!!!